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Should You Get a CCTV Drain Survey When Buying a House?

(Last Updated: 06/11/2023)
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CCTV drain survey: drainage problems can now be assessed with a CCTV drain survey when buying a house which harnesses hi-tech either to check for problems which are present or factors which may cause future issues.

It lessens any upheaval a drainage survey would normally take. An operative simply places cameras in positions where the drains can be observed then inspects them remotely. The procedure is relatively inexpensive.

It can cost you lots of money to fix a drain blockage. Jetting a drain can cost between £50 - £100 if it has a minor blockage but in the case of a collapsed drain, you can expect to pay from a few £100s to possibly £1,000s to remedy it.

When you’re buying a property booking a home buyers survey is essential because a qualified and experienced RICS surveyor will examine drains, give you crucial information about any problems and recommend a drainage specialist if a more in-depth assessment and treatment is needed.

You might want to bargain with the seller if it looks like it’s going to cost lots to fix a problem, or you might even want to pull out.

Sometimes a lender will even require that you get a drainage survey when buying a house – termed ‘pre-purchase drain survey’ – if they think a property has a drainage issue.

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What is CCTV drain survey?

It’s a drainage survey where specialists install high-resolution CCTV into the drains to a problem location or locations or areas of concern.

Operatives place cameras into the drains using thin flexible pipes. Once installed, the operatives can leave the property and work remotely on data sent through from cameras.

Once sufficient monitoring has taken place, the specialists can create a report about the issue/s which will give options and accompanying costs for remedy with recommendations.

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Why do I need a CCTV drain survey?

1 Speed of installation/removal of cameras - operatives who carry out a drain survey without CCTV equipment will take far longer in a property to conduct an inspection.

2 CCTV’s precision at finding exact locations of issues - once a fault’s been located, engineers can be far more accurate about targeting a problem and fixing it without causing further damage to a property.

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